Development of an innovative data analysis tool to monitor groundwater pollution and environmental impact

With global demand for energy ever increasing, environmental impact has become a major priority for the oil industry.

A collaboration between researchers at the University of Glasgow and Shell Global Solutions has developed GWSDAT (GroundWater Spatiotemporal Data Analysis Tool). This easy-to-use interactive software tool allows users to process and analyse groundwater pollution monitoring data efficiently, enabling Shell to respond quickly to detect and evaluate the effect of a leak or spill.

Shell estimates that the savings gained by use of the monitoring tool exceed $10m over the last three years.

GWSDAT is currently being used by around 200 consultants across many countries (including the UK, US, Australia and South Africa) with potentially significant impacts on the environment worldwide.

Related research

  • Statistical Modelling

First published: 17 December 2013